Public Enemies
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Movie Release Date : July 2009

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Published 01 November 2007
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PUBLIC ENEMIES

Written by

Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann & Ann Eiderman

November, 2007

1

TITLE: SEPTEMBER 26, 1933.

EXT. PRICK STREETS OF MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA - A BROWN

PONTIAC

is parked at the curb. It waits.

INT. PONTIAC - "RED" HAMILTON ( 34)

looks at his watch. With his meticulously parted red hair, he might be a bank president. It's 6:55 a.m.

HAMILTON

Time. Thirty year old JOHN HERBERT DILLINGER is in the backseat. He nods. His arms are behind him. We don't know why. Red starts the car and drives forward.

CUT TO:

INT. INDIANA STATE PRISON, MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA - LINE OF

CONVICTS

Its cold.-Convicts' uniforms are broadly striped and frayed. This is a line of hard men branded by prison: shorn hair, broken nose, eyes with a cold ferocity. And their aggression has a nihilistic edge; their spirits never surrender. There's nothing beaten down about these men. Like Alcatraz, Leavenworth, and Sing Sing, this is the end of the line.

PRISON GUARDS

in visored black caps, black shirts, black patent leather Sam Browne belts with three-foot long billy clubs watch the line, poised to unleash violence.

AMONG THE HARD MEN ARE...

HARRY "PETE" PIERPONT (32), 6 foot 1 with eerie blue eyes. Brilliant, violent, he hates all authority. CHARLES MAKLEY ( 44), squat with an anvil jaw, facial scars and as calm as Pierpont is volatile. HOMER VAN METER (27), tall, an incorrigible clown and an unemotional killer. He has continued to ridicule guards even when it cost him months in the hole.

THESE THREE

with an older man, WALTER DIETRICH, wait for the lam. work call to the prison Shirt Factory...

2.

INT. INDIANA STATE PRISON, GATEHOUSE - TURNKEY

watches through a window as a Pontiac pulls into the parking area in front of the prison across from the streetcar tracks. Hamilton jerks a handcuffed Dillinger out of the backseat. Dillinger is shoved forward. Hamilton's wearing a star.

TURNKEY

(opening up)

Afternoon. Hamilton flashes the badge. He shoves Dillinger inside. In an adjacent room FIVE GUARDS play poker. Next to them is a barred entrance to the prison yard. As the cage door locks behind him, this is the last place Dillinger wants to have entered. Meanwhile...

INT. INDIANA STATE PRISON - THE SHIRT FACTORY: STACKS OF

BOXES

and bolts of fabric wait for the convicts. lam. A KLAXON sounds. Door opens. Convicts enter. Walter Dietrich goes right to the stacks and pulls a box with an "X" crayoned on the side. Its labeled "Thread." (Dietrich was mentored by Herbert K. Lamm, an ex-Prussian soldier who invented professional bank robbery by applying military tactics and who rode with Butch & Sundanc4's Hole in the Wall Gang in Utah in 1901. in prison Dietrich passed on Lamm's techniques. His brightest student in 1933 is..'ohn Herbert Dillinger.)

DIETRICH + "THREAD" BOX arrive at a busy work station with Pierpont, Makley and Van Meter. Under spools are four Colt 45 automatics with loaded magazines.

GUARD DAINARD

is approached by Pierpont, who shoves the 45 in his face.

PIERPONT

Line up! Line up... Dietrich and Van Meter control THREE OTHER GUARDS. ED SHOUSE, JIM LESLIE and EARL ADAMS - three other Cons armed with makeshift clubs and spivs -- join the escape. Meanwhile...

INT. GATEHOUSE - TURNKEY

examines Dillinger a second time...

(CONTINUED)

3

CONTINUED:

TURNKEY

Didn't you get paroled out of here a few months ago?

DILLINGER

Yes, sir. Three months ago.

TURNKEY

. John... Johnnie Dillinger?

DILLINGER

That's right. But my friends call me "Johnnie". You gotta address me as "Mister" Dillinger. Dillinger's insubordination puzzles Turnkey so he doesn't see Hamilton bat a Thompson submachine gun across the back of his head and swing it onto the Two Guards...

RED/DILLINGER Against the wall! Hands up! Get up! Dillinger's cuffs fell away. Now his Thompson covers the stunned poker°players. Hamilton and Dillinger are as tight as they come.- They share their food, money, liquor, ammunition and women. ,.id right now...

YARD GATE

is keyed open by Dainard followed by Pierpont and Makley and the others. Pierpont kicks over the poker table. Escapees throw all the Guards against the wall.

MAKLEY/VAN METER (to the Guards) Undress. Get undressed!

DILLINGER

at the window checks the escape route to the Pontiac. Its clear. Hamilton conceals his weapon and starts out. Smooth. He crosses the front lawn, the street car tracks. So far, so good...

INT. GATE HOUSE - GUARDS

undress. One takes his time.

SHOUSE

Hurry up! C'mon!

(CONTINUED)

4

CONTINUED: This Guard gives Shouse an insolent look. Shouse slams the Guard's head with a length of steel pipe. Guard goes down. Shouse goes wild and continues to hammer his skull again and again, caving it in.

PIERPONT

Cut it out Shouse!

DILLINGER

(turns from open door)

Shouse!I Dainard thinks that once the killing's begun, he will die... So, he grabs for Homer Van Meter's .45. Van Meter SHOOTS Dainard. Dainard's knocked to the floor. Blood pools. A SIREN SCREAMS.

EXT. FRONT YARD - RED

caught in the open, turns. He scans the guard towers on the East and West corners. He backs towards his Pontiac. RED'S POV: TOWER GUARDS look into the prison interior where the shots came from.

DILLINGER

arrives, takes Red's position. Red goes for the Pon,.c...

ESCAPEES

don't complete their disguises. Half-dressed in gua ds' uniforms, they crash outside...

EXT. FRONT YARD - ESCAPEES

sprint for the street in all directions.

INT. WEST TOWER - TOWER GUARDS #1 + #2

CRACK CRACK CRACK! Jim Leslie falls, the top of his head taken off.

EXT. FRONT YARD - DILLINGER

FIRES at the tower, forcing the Guards to cover. Hamilton's in the Pontiac, starting it.

PIERPONT' S

running with the older Dietrich across the grass FIRING his

45.

INT. RED'S PONTIAC - MANLEY + SHOUSE

tumble in. Dillinger and Van Meter - outside - FIRE at the West Tower.

PIERPONT + DIETRICH arrive.

EXT. STREET - PONTIAC

takes off. Dillinger's on the running board. His Thompson ROARS, covering Pierpont, who's hauling Dietrich into the backseat.

BANG! Dietrich is hit in the neck by rifle FIRE from the East Tower.

DILLINGER

Walter! Dillinger falls away. Dillinger and Pierpont grab Walter's arms. He's-paralyzed now. They try to pull him onto the running boafd, of the moving car. Dietrich's"hcpeful eyes look up at them. Then his eyes glaze over. His feet drag down the street. He's dead and they know it. They let go.

EXT. STREET - DIETRICH'S

body remains in the center of the street. The Pontiac picks up speed.

INT. PONTIAC - HAMILTON

drives like he has no nerves. Totally focused. Hamilton is the best getaway, or "git" driver in the country.

DILLIN GER' S

Thompson empty, he grabs Red's shotgun. He shoves it into Shouse's chest in the backseat.

DILLINGER

Walter's dead 'cause you screwed it up, you son of a bitch!

SHOUSE

The bastard wouldn't do what he was told, Johnny. .Pete? Homer?

(CONTINUED)

6.

CONTINUED:

VAN METER

Let him have it.

PIERPONT

Dietrich was your pal, up to you. Dillinger sees the abject fear in Shouse's eyes. And Dillinger's mood swings. He lowers the shotgun... Then, he snaps the butt across Shouse's face. Breaks Shouse's cheekbone. Dillinger pulls back and slams the heavy butt dead center, smashing Shouse's nose and orbital socket. Dillinger opens the door and kicks Shouse out of the moving car.

EXT. FARM ROAD - SHOUSE

bounces and rolls across the road into a field. The Pontiac races away into the distance.

CUT TO:

EXT. PERU, INDIANA - CROSSROADS - LATER

It's Dust Bowl America. 1933. Lunar landscape. CAMERA MOVES ACROSS brown dunes that half cover farm machinery and a wind- blasted house. And LANDS ON... JOHN DILLINGER in shirt sleeves and, a vest watchingthe roads for pursuit.

INT. FARM HOUSE -- PIERPONT, MAKLEY + VAN METER

change into double breasted suits and shovel down hot cereal at a kitchen table. They're in a rush. There is no ;£yurniture. A busted-out farmer, EDWIN NORRIS, hurriedly pours coffee from a kettle into tin mugs and a thermos. A WOMAN at a stove fries eggs.

PIERPONT

(ready to go)

okay...?

EXT. FARM -- A TODDLER

wearing a torn smock approaches the Pontiac and a second car, a dust-covered Plymouth parked behind it.

HAMILTON

(from the house)

Johnny...? Ready.

7

THE WOMAN

brings out the dozen fried egg sandwiches wrapped in newspaper. She looks 40 but is 20. Edwin Norris is at the door.

DILLINGER

(takes two)

Thank you, ma'am. Dillinger's lopsided smile is charming.

EDWIN NORRIS

Its Miss. She's my daughter, Viola. That'll be eight dollars. Viola retrieves her toddler brother who's crawled into the Pontiac. Dellinger peels off a $20 bill.

EDWIN NORRIS (CONT'D)

Can't change that...

DILLINGER

Well, then you keep the change. $12 is a lot'--'of money in 1933. Grateful, Norris goes inside, Dillinger passes Viola and the struggling toddler on the way to the Pontiac,

VIOLA

(LOW) Take me with you, mister. She puts a hand on his forearm.

DILLINGER

I'm sorry, honey. Pierpont, Homer and Makley head towards the Plymouth.

INT. PONTIAC - DILLINGER,

as the Pontiac pulls away, looks back to see Viola wistfully watching them leave. The toddler reaches for Viola's hand. She pushes the child away. Dellinger hates seeing the kid rejected.

HAMILTON

Kid didn't fool with anything, did he? Dillinger, looking back at the boy, hasn't heard.

(CONTINUED)

8.

CONTINUED:

HAMILTON (CONT'D)

Johnnie? All there? Dillinger lifts the coats on the backseat: their weapons are as they were.

DILLINGER

Its all here.

(UPBEAT) Let's go make some money. The speeding cars throw up tails of dust as they drive west to Chicago.

CUT TO:

EXT. THICK WOODS NEAR EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO - A MAN - DAY

moves quickly through the woods. They run downhill. He wears expensive hunting clothes. He carries an 8mm Mauser sports rifle with a slim forestock and wrist and a turned-down bolt handle. It's the best rifle made in 1933.

HE IS MELVIN PURVIS (30)

cleancut and handsome. A square jaw. Chester Gould modelled Dick Tracy's profile after Purvis. Has not big, but he's tenacious. He's an incarnation of the social elite of h.is time: white, Southern patrician and a Christian gentleman. With Purvis are Special Agents WARREN BARTON (31) and Purvis's friend CARTER DAUM (29) They have a harder time in the steep woods. They're chasing someone. They are guided by East Liverpool police chief,

FULTZ.

BOTTOM OF THE HILL -- PRETTY BOY FLOYD ( 29)

is a big-boned country boy. His blue suit is mud-streaked from his slide down the hill. He carries a Thompson submachine-gun with a drum magazine, and he is running for his life.

PURV I S , FULTZ, BAUM + BARTON race after him.

MUDDY PATH - FLOYD

half runs, half slips in his dress shoes. Ahead is a cleared orchard. Floyd leaps the fence...

(CONTINUED)

9.

CONTINUED:

WOODS -- PURVIS

jumping over fallen trees...

EXT. MIDDLE OF THE ORCHARD

of apple trees. Floyd's three hundred yards ahead. He zigzags for a deeper forest at the far end. If he can reach it, he has a chance.

PURVIS

breaks into the clear.

PURVIS

Floyd! Halt! Purvis aims the Mauser. Perfect form. Floyd zigzags. Purvis FIRES, misses. Floyd opens up with the Thompson -- wildly at that range. A few .45s splinter nearby branches. Fultz, Baum and Barton seek cover: Purvis works the bolt and chambers another round. Floyd is 10 yards from the forest. Purvis kneels onto his right knee. On his upraised left knee he braces hi left elbow. He inhales. Starts a smooth squeeze. Ha Tway through the exhale he FIRES. Floyd's right arm flies up. He's punched forward and crashes to the ground.

FLOYD

regains consciousness. Purvis is running in. Floyd`s left hand pulls a 45.

BAUM

Look out, Melvin! Purvis kicks the 45 out of his hand.

PURVIS

You are under arrest. Floyd sits up to see the massive exit wound. His right lung and liver are shot through. He falls back.

FLOYD

(RASPS) I'm Floyd. Who are you?

PURVIS

Melvin Purvis - Department of Investigation.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

10.

CONTINUED:

PURVIS (CONT'D)

(BEAT) Where's your friend Harry Campbell, Floyd?

FLOYD

Ain't gonna tell you shit. Floyd looks at the sky.

FLOYD (CONT'D)

And I believe you have killed me. So you can go and rot in hell, you sonofabitch. He lapses, goes cold and dies.

CUT TO:

INT. KITCHEN - CA-ROLE SLAYMAN - DAY (EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA)

CAROLE SLAYMAN is 33 with green eyes and peroxide blonde hair and bounces down the stairs in a black robe. She crosses through a white kitchen with TWO GIRLS in kimonos. A scarred, African-American bouncer of 50 named SPORT enters...

SPORT

He jus' pulled in.

EXT. REAR YARD - CAROLE

sees Dillinger's Pontiac stop in the backyard. It's`-secluded by a hedge from the street. Its followed by the Plymouth with Pierpont and Van Meter in suits and prison haircuts.

CAROLE

Johnny! Dillinger cradles the Thompson in his arm and crosses to her.

DILLINGER

(to Hamilton)

Hey, Red, call Oscar.

HAMILTON

Okay. And Berman? Wanna switch-out the "shorts"?

DILLINGER

(ADDS) Get a Chrysler and an Essex. (to Carole) Hey, doll... He half picks her up with one arm around her waist.

(CONTINUED)

11.

CONTINUED:

DILLINGER (CONT'D)

(to Carole)

You get a hold of Zarkovich...?

CAROLE

I sure did...

(LAUGHING) Put me down!

JAN METER

Where those gals?! As Homer and Pierpont head inside...

INT. REAR GARAGE - OSCAR LIEBOLDT - LATER

OSCAR`s a 50 year old German gunsmith. Dillinger rapidly field strips his Thompson.

DILLINGER

(re main spring)

Jammed twice, Oscar., .main spring's too tight.

OSCAR

cut off one coil.

DILLINGER

And it rides up and to the right on full auto.

OSCAR

(re Cutts compensator)

I widen port...

CAROLE APPEARS ON REAR PORCH ACROSS THE YARD. SHE SIGNALS TO

JOHNNY.

Dillinger rises as a 1933 Chrysler and an Essex Terraplane drive in. Out of the Essex steps HARRY BERMAN, a Cicero, Illinois auto dealer for the Syndicate. (Berman will switch- out the Dillinger Gang's work cars or "shorts.")

PIERPONT

Hiya Harry...

PIERPONT

tosses Berman a rubber banded roll of bills while...